Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

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Author: Chris Burniske,Jack Tatar

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 126002668X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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The innovative investor’s guide to an entirely new asset class—from two experts on the cutting edge With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world—and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future. Cryptoassets gives you all the tools you need: * An actionable framework for investigating and valuing cryptoassets * Portfolio management techniques to maximize returns while managing risk * Historical context and tips to navigate inevitable bubbles and manias * Practical guides to exchanges, wallets, capital market vehicles, and ICOs * Predictions on how blockchain technology may disrupt current portfolios In addition to offering smart investment strategies, this authoritative resource will help you understand how these assets were created, how they work, and how they are evolving amid the blockchain revolution. The authors define a clear and original cryptoasset taxonomy, composed of cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities, and cryptotokens, with insights into how each subset is blending technology and markets. You’ll find a variety of methods to invest in these assets, whether through global exchanges trading 24/7 or initial cryptoasset offerings (ICOs). By sequentially building on the concepts of each prior chapter, the book will provide you with a full understanding of the cryptoasset economy and the opportunities that await the innovative investor. Cryptoassets represent the future of money and markets. This book is your guide to that future.

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

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Author: Chris Burniske,Jack Tatar

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9781260026672

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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The innovative investor’s guide to an entirely new asset class—from two experts on the cutting edge With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world—and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future. Cryptoassets gives you all the tools you need: * An actionable framework for investigating and valuing cryptoassets * Portfolio management techniques to maximize returns while managing risk * Historical context and tips to navigate inevitable bubbles and manias * Practical guides to exchanges, wallets, capital market vehicles, and ICOs * Predictions on how blockchain technology may disrupt current portfolios In addition to offering smart investment strategies, this authoritative resource will help you understand how these assets were created, how they work, and how they are evolving amid the blockchain revolution. The authors define a clear and original cryptoasset taxonomy, composed of cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities, and cryptotokens, with insights into how each subset is blending technology and markets. You’ll find a variety of methods to invest in these assets, whether through global exchanges that trade 24/7 or initial cryptoasset offerings (ICOs). By sequentially building on the concepts of each prior chapter, the book will provide you with a full understanding of the cryptoasset economy and the opportunities that await the innovative investor . Cryptoassets represent the future of money and markets. This book is your guide to that future.

What's the Deal with Bitcoins?

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Author: Ryan Lancelot,Jack Tatar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985082062

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 64

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Have You Heard About Bitcoins? What are they? Who created them? Why are they important? Will they replace paper money? Is it like Gold? Bitcoins are in the news regularly these days. These reports range from talking about how Bitcoins will replace paper money in many countries to how Bitcoins are being used as a way to pay for drugs, gambling and prostitution. So, what's the deal with Bitcoins? Bitcoin is, at its core, virtual currency. It is a digital representation of money that can be used to purchase goods and services in the same way cash can be used to purchase those same goods and services. However, Bitcoin differs considerably from these other currencies in that it is not backed by any bank or nation and has no formal organizational structure behind it. Bitcoin is managed entirely by a Peer to Peer (P2P) network of individuals that manages balances and transactions on its own. Bitcoins are "mined" from computer networks through the process of solving a complex mathematical problem. The total amount of available Bitcoins will ultimately be a finite number, which may create a huge demand, and value for them in the future. Bitcoins are traded on exchanges across the world, which can convert them into the accepted currencies in these countries. Bitcoins are being used to pay for many products and services across the globe today, some legal and some illegal. Bitcoins are NOT science fiction. They are real and you can learn about them by reading this book!

Digital Gold

Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money

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Author: Nathaniel Popper

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062572067

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

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Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology, has spawned a global social movement with utopian ambitions. The notion of a new currency, maintained by the computers of users around the world, has been the butt of many jokes, but that has not stopped it from growing into a technology worth billions of dollars, supported by the hordes of followers who have come to view it as the most important new idea since the creation of the Internet. Believers from Beijing to Buenos Aires see the potential for a financial system free from banks and governments, and a new global currency for the digital age. An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold tells the story of the colorful characters who have built Bitcoin, including a Finnish college student; an Argentinian millionaire; a Chinese entrepreneur; Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss; Bitcoin’s elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto; and the founder of the Silk Road online drug market, Ross Ulbricht. With Digital Gold, New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper offers a brilliant and engrossing account of this new technology. At each step of the way, Bitcoin has provided one of the most fascinating tests of how money works, who benefits from it, and what it might look like in the future.

The Age of Cryptocurrency

How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

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Author: Paul Vigna,Michael J. Casey

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250081556

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

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Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight. A cyber-enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate. You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem to truly understand what it is. This raises the question: Why should anyone care about bitcoin? In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question. Cybermoney is poised to launch a revolution, one that could reinvent traditional financial and social structures while bringing the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. Cryptocurrency holds the promise of a financial system without a middleman, one owned by the people who use it and one safeguarded from the devastation of a 2008-type crash. But bitcoin, the most famous of the cybermonies, carries a reputation for instability, wild fluctuation, and illicit business; some fear it has the power to eliminate jobs and to upend the concept of a nation-state. It implies, above all, monumental and wide-reaching change—for better and for worse. But it is here to stay, and you ignore it at your peril. Vigna and Casey demystify cryptocurrency—its origins, its function, and what you need to know to navigate a cyber-economy. The digital currency world will look very different from the paper currency world; The Age of Cryptocurrency will teach you how to be ready.

The Bitcoin Guidebook

How to Obtain, Invest, and Spend the World's First Decentralized Cryptocurrency

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Author: Ian DeMartino

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1510701486

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 356

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Bitcoin is not another payment processor. Like the Internet, Bitcoin is a technology that runs through a distributed network. No one controls it, and no one can shut it down. Bitcoin has been called the currency of the Internet, but it is much more powerful than that—more astute observers have called it the Internet of currency. The Bitcoin Guidebook is for anyone who doesn’t want to be left behind in the next technological revolution. It is an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand guide that explains everything the reader needs to know about how Bitcoin and other digital currencies work, what they can be used for, and how they will shape our society in the future. Topics covered include: The digital currency’s origins, past, present, and future The revolutionary blockchain technology behind Bitcoin How to obtain and invest in Bitcoin How and where to spend Bitcoin Bitcoin’s relationship with the seedy Internet underground Alternative digital currencies

The Bitcoin Standard

The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking

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Author: Saifedean Ammous

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119473918

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of Bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications. While Bitcoin is a new invention of the digital age, the problem it purports to solve is as old as human society itself: transferring value across time and space. Ammous takes the reader on an engaging journey through the history of technologies performing the functions of money, from primitive systems of trading limestones and seashells, to metals, coins, the gold standard, and modern government debt. Exploring what gave these technologies their monetary role, and how most lost it, provides the reader with a good idea of what makes for sound money, and sets the stage for an economic discussion of its consequences for individual and societal future-orientation, capital accumulation, trade, peace, culture, and art. Compellingly, Ammous shows that it is no coincidence that the loftiest achievements of humanity have come in societies enjoying the benefits of sound monetary regimes, nor is it coincidental that monetary collapse has usually accompanied civilizational collapse. With this background in place, the book moves on to explain the operation of Bitcoin in a functional and intuitive way. Bitcoin is a decentralized, distributed piece of software that converts electricity and processing power into indisputably accurate records, thus allowing its users to utilize the Internet to perform the traditional functions of money without having to rely on, or trust, any authorities or infrastructure in the physical world. Bitcoin is thus best understood as the first successfully implemented form of digital cash and digital hard money. With an automated and perfectly predictable monetary policy, and the ability to perform final settlement of large sums across the world in a matter of minutes, Bitcoin’s real competitive edge might just be as a store of value and network for final settlement of large payments—a digital form of gold with a built-in settlement infrastructure. Ammous’ firm grasp of the technological possibilities as well as the historical realities of monetary evolution provides for a fascinating exploration of the ramifications of voluntary free market money. As it challenges the most sacred of government monopolies, Bitcoin shifts the pendulum of sovereignty away from governments in favor of individuals, offering us the tantalizing possibility of a world where money is fully extricated from politics and unrestrained by borders. The final chapter of the book explores some of the most common questions surrounding Bitcoin: Is Bitcoin mining a waste of energy? Is Bitcoin for criminals? Who controls Bitcoin, and can they change it if they please? How can Bitcoin be killed? And what to make of all the thousands of Bitcoin knock-offs, and the many supposed applications of Bitcoin’s ‘blockchain technology’? The Bitcoin Standard is the essential resource for a clear understanding of the rise of the Internet’s decentralized, apolitical, free-market alternative to national central banks.

Bitcoin and Beyond

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Global Governance

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Author: Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351814079

Category: Political Science

Page: 212

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Since the launch of Bitcoin in 2009 several hundred different ‘cryptocurrencies’ have been developed and become accepted for a wide variety of transactions in leading online commercial marketplaces and the ‘sharing economy’, as well as by more traditional retailers, manufacturers, and even by charities and political parties. Bitcoin and its competitors have also garnered attention for their wildly fluctuating values as well as implication in international money laundering, Ponzi schemes and online trade in illicit goods and services across borders. These and other controversies surrounding cryptocurrencies have induced varying governance responses by central banks, government ministries, international organizations, and industry regulators worldwide. Besides formal attempts to ban Bitcoin, there have been multifaceted efforts to incorporate elements of blockchains, the peer-to-peer technology underlying cryptocurrencies, in the wider exchange, recording, and broadcasting of digital transactions. Blockchains are being mobilized to support and extend an array of governance activities. The novelty and breadth of growing blockchain-based activities have fuelled both utopian promises and dystopian fears regarding applications of the emergent technology to Bitcoin and beyond. This volume brings scholars of anthropology, economics, Science and Technology Studies, and sociology together with GPE scholars in assessing the actual implications posed by Bitcoin and blockchains for contemporary global governance. Its interdisciplinary contributions provide academics, policymakers, industry practitioners and the general public with more nuanced understandings of technological change in the changing character of governance within and across the borders of nation-states.

Cryptocurrency: How to Make a Lot of Money Investing and Trading in Cryptocurrency

Unlocking the Lucrative World of Cryptocurrency

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Author: Andrew Johnson

Publisher: Andrew Johnson

ISBN: 8822896939

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

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How to Make a Lot of Money Investing and Trading in Cryptocurrency If you had purchased $100 worth of Bitcoins in the middle of 2009 and held onto those coins until August 2017, you would have turned that $100 into more than $8,000,000. The lucrative world of cryptocurrency no longer has to be a mystery. This book will shock you. Secret strategies are revealed. Discover what cryptocurrency is all about and how to make a lot of money investing and trading in them. While the Bitcoin ship might have already sailed, it is not too late to jump onto the cryptocurrency bandwagon and make a profit in the process. If you are wondering about how to go about doing just that then Cryptocurrency: How to Make a Lot of Money Investing and Trading in Cryptocurrency is the book you have been waiting for. Currently, only about 25 percent of Americans actually understand what cryptocurrency is and only about 2 percent use them on a regular basis. Despite this fact, all of the more than 1,000 cryptocurrencies on the market today have a market valuation of more than $60 billion dollars. Regardless of what you know about cryptocurrency as a whole, it is clear that this market is something to watch. Inside you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the technology that powers cryptocurrency and how to tell a Bitcoin from a Litecoin, from an Ether and why that distinction matters. You will also learn how to choose the most promising contenders for the Next Big Thing and not lose your shirt while taking advantage of the high degree of volatility that the market is currently experiencing. Inside you will find: An easy to understand breakdown of blockchain, the foundational technology at the heart of all major cryptocurrencies. A detailed explanation of how cryptocurrencies lose and gain value and how you can put these methods to work for you. Easy ways to get started investing in cryptocurrencies and everything you will need in order to do so effectively. Recommendations on the major cryptocurrencies to watch moving forward. A step by step guide to getting started mining cryptocurrencies and making money off of other people’s transactions. The best tips for staying one step ahead of the scammers out there who are looking to steal your hard-earned cryptocurrency A look to the future including how major governments are looking to take control of cryptocurrency for their own ends. And more…

The Internet of Money Volume Two

A Collection of Talks by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

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Author: Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781947910065

Category: Bitcoin

Page: 120

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"The Internet of Money Volume Two: a collection of talks" is the spectacular sequel to the cult classic and best seller "The Internet of Money Volume One: a collection of talks" by Andreas M. Antonopoulos. Volume Two contains 11 more of his most inspiring and thought-provoking talks, including: Introduction to Bitcoin; Blockchain vs Bullshit; Fake News, Fake Money; Currency Wars; Bubble Boy and the Sewer Rat; Rocket Science and Ethereum's Killer App; and many more. Volume Two also includes an all-new frequently asked questions section! In 2013, Andreas M. Antonopoulos started publicly speaking about bitcoin and quickly became one of the world's most sought-after speakers in the industry. To date, he has delivered more than 75, TED-style talks in venues ranging from the Henry Ford Museum in the United States to packed-out Bitcoin Meetups around the world including Brazil, the Czech Republic, and New Zealand, and every talk is completely different. In these performances, Antonopoulos walks onto the stage and delivers a live, unscripted talk. Without a deck in sight, he unleashes his latest insights into the lightning-fast changes surrounding bitcoin. Combining the knowledge of one of the world's leading blockchain technologists, with cultural context, comedy, and the flair of a performance artist, Antonopoulos conveys an up-to-the-second understanding of bitcoin to live audiences worldwide. Many of these talks were so visionary, their content so educational, that they were curated and refined into a book form. On 7 September 2016, The Internet of Money Volume One was launched on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast (the interview has since been viewed more than 300,000 times). With its genesis in the lived, human experience, The Internet of Moneyoffered something that was desperately needed: an explanation of the philosophy, economics, politics, poetics, and technologies of bitcoin and open blockchains set within a broad historical context and using clear, simple language that delighted general audiences and bitcoin enthusiasts alike. During its first year, Volume One quickly became a hit in the global crypto-currency community-appealing to audiences from fields as diverse as the arts, sciences, and humanities. As one reader wrote: "It provides a uniquely accessible take on a mind-bendingly abstract system." The Internet of Money Volume Two: a collection of talks builds on that momentum and offers readers an opportunity to experience more these inspiring and thought-provoking talks in print. It also includes a bonus question and answer section, where Andreas answers some of the most frequently asked questions from audience members during his worldwide tour. Volume Two is a sequel that rivals, even exceeds, the first, in content, scope, and vision. These talks are intellectual fire-starters you won't want to miss. Make this book part of your collection and see why Andreas M. Antonopoulos is considered the most powerful and engaging voice in crypto-currency and blockchain.

The Truth About Your Future

The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later

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Author: Ric Edelman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501163825

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

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The instant New York Times bestseller from legendary investment guru Ric Edelman, who presents a prescient personal finance guide on how technology and science will reshape the way we save, invest, and plan for the future. In The Truth About Your Future, award-winning financial advisor Ric Edelman reveals how technology and science are evolving at a blistering, almost incomprehensible pace—with profound implications for your personal finances. Ric radically upends traditional financial planning, showing that you need not just one financial plan, but three—one for now, one for later and one for much later. He explains: Why you’re likely to live much longer—and the impact on your financial future; how you must alter your plans to shift from the familiar linear lifeline (school-job-retirement-death) to the new cyclical lifeline; the importance of Career Planning—even if you’re in your fifties or sixties; how to invest in tech companies and how to generate income from your investments; why nursing homes are becoming obsolete—and with them, long-term care insurance policies, and what this means for you; how to protect your digital assets; and how you’ll spend your time—and money—in retirement, and why the future will be the happiest time of your life. The traditional paradigms of how we live, learn, and invest are shifting under our feet. Fortunately, Ric Edelman has seen the future, and in The Truth About Your Future he illustrates how smart investors can adapt and thrive in today’s changing marketplace. Newcomers and loyal Edelman followers alike will find value in his proven advice and trademark humor. This is a must-have guide for anyone serious about successfully adapting to the ever-evolving financial landscape.

The Bitcoin Big Bang

How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World

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Author: Brian Kelly

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118963660

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Get a handle on the digital currency revolution, and learn how to get on board The Bitcoin Big Bang is a guide to navigating the uncharted territory of digital currency. Written by CNBC contributor Brian Kelly, this book goes beyond Bitcoin 101 to explain how this transformative technology is about to change the world. Digital currency is thrown into perspective against the history of payment systems and its own evolution, as readers are invited to explore the ways in which this technology is already changing the way business gets done. Readers gain insight into the mechanisms behind Bitcoin, and an expert perspective on digital currency's effect on the future of money and the economic implications of the Bitcoin revolution. In the same way that e-mail changed the way we transfer information, the decentralized Bitcoin network is about to revolutionize the business world, the legal profession, and even the role of the government. The Bitcoin Big Bang dives head first into this paradigm shift, allowing readers to: Explore the origins of digital currency Learn the history and evolution of payment systems Discover how the Bitcoin network is facilitating free and instant transfer of value Understand the mining of Bitcoin, and how to invest The digital currency revolution has implications that spread far beyond the finance industry. Anyone who exchanges payment for goods and services is on the cusp of the next big push in societal evolution, and only an understanding of the technology and a clear knowledge of the systems and behaviors at play can fully prepare us for the changes to come. The Bitcoin Big Bang is the go-to guide, helping those who use money use it better.

Bitcoin For Dummies

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Author: Prypto

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119076137

Category: Computers

Page: 208

View: 2840

"Learn to understand the ins and outs of the Bitcoin market, set up your Bitcoin wallet and get started, [and] protect yourself against fraud and theft"--Cover.

Invest Like the Best

Using Your Computer to Unlock the Secrets of the Top Money Managers

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Author: James P. O'Shaughnessy

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN: 9780079137548

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 244

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Provides advice on how to analyze and profit from investment information by using a computer program that imitates the investment strategies used by professional money managers

Cryptocurrency Trading & Investing

Beginners Guide to Trading & Investing in Bitcoin, Alt Coins & Icos for Profit

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Author: Aimee Vo

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781977924537

Category:

Page: 282

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Would You Like To PROFIT From The Fastest Growing Digital Currency Revolution? Bitcoin... Ethereum...Cryptocurrency trading...ICOs... are the new hot topics of conversation but the main question everyone is asking ... "how do I make money with it?." If you're new to Bitcoin and have zero technical background or trading experience in cryptocurrencies - this book will show you how to master buying, trading and investing in Bitcoin, Ethereum, alt coins and Initial Coin Offering (ICOs) for PROFIT. Most books are filled with fluff or highly technical information on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading. This book covers the basics of Bitcoin and the blockchain, step-by-step tutorials with screenshots that guide beginners in BUYING your first Bitcoin (anywhere in the world), setting up a Bitcoin wallet, performing research on whether to buy a coin, how to invest in profitable ICOs, trading alt coins on exchanges, building and investing in a diversified cryptocurrency portfolio, reading cryptocurrency charts using technical analysis and more! Having been an ex-investment advisor at UBS, combined with 7 years experience in equities trading, portfolio management and now cryptocurrency trading - this book shows you how to PROFIT from the fastest growing digital currency revolution. If you're new to Bitcoin, cryptocurrency trading or investing... you're probably filled with questions albeit some fear. You might be asking yourself... - "How do I buy Bitcoin in my country?" - "What is a wallet and how do I set up one?" - "What is a good price to buy Bitcoin?" - "What's the right alt-coin to buy?" - "What if I buy and the market crashes?" I promise that if you follow the principles and steps outlined in this book, you will be equipped with the trading foundations and analysis to take profit from unprecedented opportunities. In this book, you're going to learn What cryptocurrencies are and why Bitcoin. The blockchain explained in plain english. Different types of Bitcoin wallets and the top wallets to use. The easiest Bitcoin wallet to set up with step-by-step screenshots. How to buy Bitcoin in North America, Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East, South America and Africa. Step-by-step tutorials on how to buy Bitcoin on Coinbase, Bitstamp and LocalBitcoins. The foundations of trading cryptocurrencies that every trader must know to avoid losing money. Step-by-step tutorial on how to trade alt coins on Poloniex like a pro. A simple crypto trading plan to profit from market swings. A simplified and effective approach to building a diversified cryptocurrency portfolio for profit and long term growth. The fundamental analysis and ICO checklist' you MUST use to identify quality coins and tokens before investing. Specific tips you must know in order to invest in profitable ICOs. Step-by-step tutorial on how to margin trade and short coin on Poloniex with screenshots to guide you. How to read price charts, predict price movement using technical analysis to trade the crypto market. And much more! Ready to begin? Click on the buy button at the top of this page and get CRYPTOCURRENCY TRADING & INVESTING - The Beginner's guide in learning Bitcoin, Blockchain, Wallets, Crypto Exchanges, Crypto Trading Plans, Building a Portfolio In Cryptocurrencies & Reading Crypto Charts Using Technical Analysis now! Click the buy button to grab your copy today!

Blockchain Revolution

How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World

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Author: Don Tapscott,Alex Tapscott

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110198015X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 384

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Blockchain technology is powering our future. As the technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, open software platforms like Ethereum, and disruptive companies like Ripple, it’s too important to ignore. In this revelatory book, Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and essential book about the technology driving the future of the economy. Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolution­ary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s best known as the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital cur­rencies, it also has the potential to go far beyond currency, to record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certifi­cates to insurance claims, land titles, and even votes. Blockchain is also essential to understand if you’re an artist who wants to make a living off your art, a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from, an immigrant who’s tired of paying big fees to send money home to your loved ones, or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business. And those examples are barely the tip of the iceberg. As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, blockchain technology will create winners and losers. This book shines a light on where it can lead us in the next decade and beyond.

Understanding Bitcoin

Cryptography, Engineering and Economics

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Author: Pedro Franco

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119019141

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 6850

Discover Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has the finance world buzzing Bitcoin is arguably one of the biggest developments in finance since the advent of fiat currency. With Understanding Bitcoin, expert author Pedro Franco provides finance professionals with a complete technical guide and resource to the cryptography, engineering and economic development of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This comprehensive, yet accessible work fully explores the supporting economic realities and technological advances of Bitcoin, and presents positive and negative arguments from various economic schools regarding its continued viability. This authoritative text provides a step-by-step description of how Bitcoin works, starting with public key cryptography and moving on to explain transaction processing, the blockchain and mining technologies. This vital resource reviews Bitcoin from the broader perspective of digital currencies and explores historical attempts at cryptographic currencies. Bitcoin is, after all, not just a digital currency; it's a modern approach to the secure transfer of value using cryptography. This book is a detailed guide to what it is, how it works, and how it just may jumpstart a change in the way digital value changes hands. Understand how Bitcoin works, and the technology behind it Delve into the economics of Bitcoin, and its impact on the financial industry Discover alt-coins and other available cryptocurrencies Explore the ideas behind Bitcoin 2.0 technologies Learn transaction protocols, micropayment channels, atomic cross-chain trading, and more Bitcoin challenges the basic assumption under which the current financial system rests: that currencies are issued by central governments, and their supply is managed by central banks. To fully understand this revolutionary technology, Understanding Bitcoin is a uniquely complete, reader-friendly guide.

Bitcoin for the Befuddled

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Author: Conrad Barski,Chris Wilmer

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 1593275730

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 4241

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin—the game-changing digital currency used by millions worldwide. But Bitcoin isn't just another way to buy stuff. It’s an anonymous, revolutionary, cryptographically secure currency that functions without the oversight of a central authority or government. If you want to get into the Bitcoin game but find yourself a little confused, Bitcoin for the ­Befuddled may be just what you’re looking for. Learn what Bitcoin is; how it works; and how to acquire, store, and spend bitcoins safely and securely. You'll also learn: Bitcoin’s underlying cryptographic principles, and how bitcoins are createdThe history of Bitcoin and its potential impact on trade and commerceAll about the blockchain, the public ledger of Bitcoin transactionsHow to choose a bitcoin wallet that’s safe and easy to useHow to accept bitcoins as payment in your physical store or on your websiteAdvanced topics, including Bitcoin mining and Bitcoin programming With its non-technical language and patient, step-by-step approach to this fascinating currency, Bitcoin for the Befuddled is your ticket to getting started with Bitcoin. Get out from under the rock and get in the Bitcoin game. Just make sure not to lose your shirt.